Illustration By Ian Hall


Unable to purchase hinges of the kind used originally on this type of desk, and without the time to construct them, I decided to use a simple pivot via an 8mm brass or aluminium bar or rod inserted into the hole previously drilled and epoxied into place.

Use the router to cut a mating groove on the sides of the door panels again. This procedure unfortunately leaves a very weak point, as I know to my cost, so to counter this a brass plate is inset and screwed into place - again with the help of the router. How long jobs would take without this versatile tool I can't say - I haven't the time to find out!

Additional security can be achieved by the use of a chain secured to the door and sides to restrict movement.

The door handle is whittled from a piece of oak and glued into a rebate cut into the door. The handle's concave underside allows a good grip.

I had intended cutting off the through tenons on the sides flush, as on the first piece but, because they looked quite neat, I trimmed the wedges and chamfered the tenons, leaving them 3mm (Kin) proud. I have found that these 'sticky out bits', as they have been described, fascinate people, which is all to the good.


After cleaning up, the desk can be finished with sanding sealer, rubbed down and waxed, so producing, to my mind, a lighter, cleaner look than that which results from my usual oil finish.


above and opposite page: Side, top and front elevations

FAR RIGHT: Close up of groove for one of the segments of the inlaid door panel

RIGHT: Drawers awaiting handles

ABOVE: Vital dry fit of tenon and spline on door panel

80° drawer front

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